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Old 07-28-05, 04:59 PM
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Battery gone bad on my UPS?

I have a Belkin 350 UPS powering my 3 Tivos, and three times in the last week I've come home to all three turned off. Is this a sign of the battery in the UPS going bad? Anything I can do other than buy a new one?
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Unless you had a power failure I don't think a bad battery would do that. It's possible your power went out for longer than the UPS could provide power which would be normal.

There should be some sort of indicator as to battery condition.
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well, everything else in the apartment remained on, including clocks and the like that take like 1/2 millisecond interruption to reset them.
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Doesn't the unit have an indicator for battery condition?

The UPS itself could be bad.
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it probably does. Time to get out the manual, I guess All I have to do to "restore" power is just turn the UPS back on, but it (apparently) doesn't last long.
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Can you connect to the UPS using a computer? With mine, you can get self-dianosis information and historical information as to "what happened".
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it has a serial port on it, so I suspect so. I'll have to look into that.
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How long have you had the UPS?
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
How long have you had the UPS?
A little over 2 years.
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So from what you are saying, the equipment attached to the UPS still shuts down after a period of time? If that is the case then it sounds like the ups has gone bad. The battery in most ups units can be replaced but in my experience it is usually just as cheap to buy a new unit. My ups last typically 3-4 years (but closer to 3 years in reality). I would scan the sales adds and find a comparable unit to buy.

ALso, keep your ups in a well ventilated area which "can" increase its life expectancy. Heat is the #1 cause of a shorter than expected life.
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The UPS might have switched to battery during an undervoltage or overvoltage condition, and exhausted its power, while the condition wasn't really enough to bother anything else.

On mine, those limits can be set (via computer port), and they shouldn't be set too toght.

Some time while you are home, you might want to see how long the UPS can power the load. If it is not as long as it should be, based on UPS rating and the TIVOs' power draw, you may need a new battery. Shop around for replacement, either on net, or a battery specialty shop if you have one (we have a place called Battery Plus, take the corpse in, let them find a new one. Better than the net, prices are better too)

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